Over this time, it has become clear that people are better engaged when presented with inspiring photos and tangible examples of how to support insect pollinators and ecosystems.
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The world is suffering from major pollinator declines, but through education and events such as Pollinator Week, we can bring these usually-unnoticed insects to the forefront of peoples’ thoughts, with the goal of supporting and protecting their populations.
A pollinator habitat garden is a place that can provide food, shelter, and nesting space for insect pollinators, such as native bees, as well as increasing the biodiversity of your garden.
As land is cleared to build houses or shopping centres, we remove natural wildlife habitat. We can, however, provide additional nesting space for bees, to help them find a safe place to rear their offspring. Different bees like different nesting substrate. About 30% of native bees naturally nest in pre-existing cavities and will nest in man-made substrate. These include resin bees, leaf-cutter bees, masked bees and reed bees.
Most of our native bees are ‘generalist’ foragers, which means they will collect pollen and nectar from a variety of flowers. However, it is best to incorporate a mix of native plants into your garden.
There are thousands upon thousands of insect species in the world. Some can be problematic, by eating our garden plants or trying to eat us! But many of the insects in our environment are ‘beneficial bugs’ and help to maintain the balance within our ecosystems.
Pollinators affect 35% of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide.* The vast majority of pollinators are wild, including over 20,000 species of bees. Australia is home to approximately 2,000 native bee species. Together with the European honey bee, Apis mellifera, they are keystone pollinators of our forests, fodder, flowers, fibre and food crops.
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